I have a galley kitchen. There. I’ve confessed, and it’s out in the open.
Not an open-concept kitchen, the kind every realtor loves and much of society thinks it must have, where someone forgot the walls between the kitchen and the living room, but a closed-off, separate-from-the-dining-room, galley kitchen. It came with my New Orleans-style townhouse, and, in that New Orleans laissez-faire kind of way, I’ve left it alone.
A galley kitchen gets its name from ships, where galley is the nautical term for kitchen. They are laid out longitudinally with overhead cabinets for space considerations, as room is limited aboard vessels, and they are resistant to the heaving of waves. Often there was a bar across the stove to keep the cook from falling into it. That I don’t have, although there is a sort of square porthole through which I can look out at my dining room.
A galley kitchen is also the kind found on airplanes, equipped with flight attendant jump seats. A jump seat is an auxiliary seat for people not operating the aircraft. It would be nice, but I don’t really have the room.
My kitchen used to have a door, but I took it off, which is all the remodeling I plan to do.
I like the line between public and private space. You will never see me cook as performance art, nor do I need any help. I am a one-woman show, have cooked 19 Thanksgiving dinners by myself, and I have no plans to expand or tear down the wall between you and me. I fly solo, so sit down, and wait until dinner is served.
Your peanuts and choice of beverage will be out shortly.
Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk the Runway
What’s war good for? Something after all, it seems. WAR (Walk the Runway) took over the Grouse Room as ladies and gentlemen fought to win the most money for Mission Vets. Models strutted the stage to emcee Trevor Chapman and audience encouragement, while funds raised provide Career4Warriors scholarships and job training for those transitioning to civilian life. Santa Fe Cattle Co. supplied the hors d’oeuvres, organizers and fellow vets Rachael Sudul and Nicole Lopez launched the event and former infantryman Marquitos Zamaya went home with money earmarked for offshore construction safety technician certification. What we loved: Shauna Canter’s leather jacket and the “Thank you for your service!” Post-it notes for the public to stick on any veteran they see.
Junior League style show
There was more boots ’n’ fringe than a Texas rodeo. The Junior League of Lafayette put on their annual and ever-more popular style show during Tinsel & Treasures days at the Cajundome. Made possible by generous donors like Dr. Melanie Fowler and FACE owner/publisher Flint Zerangue, ladies thronged to the hour-long style-a-thon followed by lunch. Enjoying their view of the catwalk were Ann Knight, Celia Foard and stunners Anna Frith and Shelbi Babineaux.
This could well be the house party to beat, folks. Lafayette’s oldest arts organization kicked off the social season in elegant style at the Amelia Street home of Jim and Ginger Roy. Deep red roses decorated every table in the house, including those alfresco — Versailles has nothing on this backyard — while the hostess prepared the buffet herself. Entertaining inside were alto Patricia Bienvenu, divo John Frank Reeve and pianist Rusty Roden, while taking it all in were Drs. Ronnie Daigle and Patricia Crans, Pat Olson, Jan Swift, Mike Huber and Carolyn French, pretty principal Suzy Lynch-Cummings and Stuart Burgess. Chorale performs next at St. John’s Cathedral on the first and third of December.
Cancer Fighters Art mounted its annual exhibition to raise funds against cancer at The Frame Shop & Gallery 912 in the Oil Center. A small group with a big reach, money raised is divided between the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute of Bangkok. President and founder Jarunee McBride is in her ninth year as international art ambassador. “It’s a unique way to raise money for cancer,” said gallery owner Jeromy Young, “Very uncommon.” Uncommon also was local artist Tom Secrest, making an appearance and donating 20 original works. Guests enjoyed wine and Thai tidbits from area restaurants, including Bangkok Thai and Thai With Love.